If you are one of the millions of excited Americans who are eagerly awaiting Google's ultra-high-speed Fiber internet service in your city, don't hold your breath. Google announced that they are facing challenges from competitors and faster technologies such as Alphabet Inc. Google's parent holding company, said Tuesday night that it's "pausing" rollout of the service as it ponders "changes to focus our business and product strategy."
Craig Barratt, the chief executive of the Access division, who runs the fibre program, will step down from being the CEO. He will assume an unspecified "advisory role," and the division will be "reducing our employee base.”
The organisation didn't say how many Fiber workers will be laid off in Tuesday night's announcement, titled "Advancing our amazing bet." But it assured that Fiber will remain working in the eight metro areas where it's now up or running: Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Charlotte and Raleigh, N.C.; Kansas City, Mo.; Nashville, Tenn.; and Provo and Salt Lake City, Utah.
Alphabet stated that work on Fiber will remain in the four metro areas where it's now under way: Huntsville, Ala.; San Antonio, Texas; San Diego; and San Francisco.
As for everyone else, "we're going to pause our operations and offices while we refine our approaches," it said. That means major cities such as Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles that Alphabet had recognised as possible Fiber markets are out of luck, at least for now.
Fiber may possibly face competition as early as 2018 from the next generation of wireless broadband, after Qualcomm Technologies last month declared expansion of the 5G NR architecture, which it says will offer speeds as fast as and likelier much faster than Fiber — without having to be hooked up to your home by cables.